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Beethoven Symphony No. 9

The Mendelssohn Choir and Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra present the perennial favorite, Beethoven's Symphony No. 9.  This performance celebrates the 200th anniversary of the premiere, which took place in Vienna in May 1824....

Junior Mendelssohn Concert: At the River

The Junior Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh celebrates one of Pittsburgh's most notable geographic features, and explores the power of rivers in our lives, both literally and symbolically. Conductor Timothy Heavner leads the singers of the JMCP in a program filled with the imagery, ever-changing presence, and importance of rivers and water. Featured compositions include music from 16th century composer Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina,...

Matthew Mehaffey to Step Down as Mendelssohn Choir Music Director

After seven seasons, Robert Page Music Director Matthew Mehaffey will end his tenure with the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh (MCP) at the conclusion of the 2022-2023 season. During his seven seasons with the choir, Mehaffey expanded its reach through compelling storytelling, unconventional collaborations and impactful community partnerships. Mehaffey's farewell concert will be The Notebooks of Leonardo DaVinci on May...

MCP Wows Audiences With Back to Back Performances of Mozart and Messiah!

The Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh (MCP) started December 2022 by singing two hugely successful performances with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (PSO): Mozart's Great Mass, and Handel's Messiah. With PSO Music Director Manfred Honeck on the podium, the MCP demonstrated the musicality, grace, and virtuosity that Pittsburgh audiences have come to expect from the 115-year-old chorus. Prepared in expert fashion by MCP Associate Conductor Ryan Keeling, critics...

Give Big Pittsburgh

Mark your calendars, because the best day to support our chorus is less than one month away! Give Big Pittsburgh is November 29, and we’re calling on you to help us reach our $10,000 fundraising goal. Making a gift on this special day will have double the impact, because a generous long-time patron will be matching every gift up to $10,000. Starting...

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